If my old landlord wants to file a lawsuit against me but it’s been 5 month sinceI moved out, can he still file one?

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If my old landlord wants to file a lawsuit against me but it’s been 5 month sinceI moved out, can he still file one?

Asked on January 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your landlord could still sue you, assuming you owe him money (for example, for unpaid rent, or for damage done to the rental premises) even though you moved out. The fact that  you moved out does not cut off his right to seek reimbursement. He can sue you any time within the statute of limitations (or time period to sue) for the claim or cause of action. If the claim flows out of the lease, it's a contract claim, and in most states, the statute of limitations for a contract claim is at least 4 years--in that case, he can sue you any time within 4 years of the act giving rise to the claim.


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